Daily Archives: June 8, 2011

Fergie Jenkins 2005 Donruss Diamond Kings Dual-Jersey Relic Card #d To 25

Fergie Jenkins 2005 Donruss Diamond Kings Dual-Jersey Relic Card #d To 25

2 swatches? 

Yes.  2 swatches.

It was going to take a lot to hold back and not win this one…  And lucky for me, and my wallet, there was little competition!

Numbered as 23/25, this card features 2 beautiful Grey chunks of Jenkins jersey.

And I just happen to love the 2005 Donruss Diamond Kings design!!!

Ernie Banks 2001 Upper Deck Legends

Ernie Banks 2001 Upper Deck Legends

“Come on Ernie, pick a bat already.”

This card is SWEET!!! 

And truth be told, it really didn’t matter which bat Banks was going to choose as he was definitely going to make contact; solid contact!!

Retiring after 19 big league seasons, Banks left the game with 2,583 career hits alongside 512 home runs.  For decades after his retirement, Banks would be the lone middle infielder in the ‘500 Home Run Club’.  In 11 of his 19 seasons, Ernie Banks collected at least 150 hits.  He hit .285 or better in six of his 19 seasons as well.  And when it came to power hitting, Banks hit 30 or more home runs in a season seven times, including 40 or more five times.

An unreal player from an unreal era!

I am very proud to have this card in my collection – Legend, indeed!!!

Dwight Gooden 1987 Topps All-Star

Dwight Gooden 1987 Topps All-Star

“Doctor K” was soaring in 1987!!!  Coming off of Cy Young winning seasons and World Series championships, Gooden was the most successful 22-year old man in America!!

And that streak extended into the 1987 baseball season when Gooden was again chosen as a National League All-Star.

Here is a peek at what earned ‘Doc’ that honor – 15-7 record with 7 complete games including 3 shutouts; 3.21 ERA; 148 strikeouts in 179 innings. 

And to think, this was considered a ‘down year’ by the standards Gooden set between the 1984-86 seasons.  Sheesh…

Tony Gwynn 2005 Upper Deck Classics – ‘Star Retro Rookies’

Tony Gwynn 2005 Upper Deck Classics – ‘Star Retro Rookies’

WoW!!  Look at how young and in shape Gwynn looks on this Upper Deck card issued in 2005.  My guess is that the photo was taken some time around 1983-84.

I have praised this set over and over here at ’30-YOC’.  The design is cool, and I love how Upper Deck actually did a little bit of work to find a truly ‘retro’ image to use for the players included in the set.

And if you’re a fan of 1980s baseball, like me, then you’ve got to love the old ‘SD’ hat worn by the Padres back in the day!!!

Dennis Eckersley 1988 Donruss

Dennis Eckersley 1988 Donruss

When I first look at a baseball card, I try to focus on the product as a whole.  And while I also try not to have expectations of a card, it is hard to not get disappointed by a card if the design fails.

This baseball card, issued by Donruss, was released more than 23 years ago.  Surely, I had a healthy stack of these as a kid as I liked and cheered for the Oakland A’s. 

Now, this is the first time I have seen this card in probably 15+ years.  It’s a new addition to my collection that honors Dennis Eckersley.  Maybe my eye is a little more tuned into design now as an adult, or maybe I have just grown accustomed to finding other elements to like when the photo does not appease me.

Either way, check out how well the odd and erratic Donruss border works with the colors of the seats and dugout behind ‘Eck’.

Great concept or lucky coincidence?  You decide.